Jasenko Selimović says that a Swedishness based on common culture keeps immigrants on the outside. Photo: Erhan Güner / SCANPIX
What does it mean to be Swedish?

Rethinking Swedishness

4:47 min

Can immigrants to Sweden ever become truly Swedish in the same way as newcomers to the US become American?

Jasenko Selimović, from the Liberal Party, and State Secretary to the Integration Minister, says there is a serious problem with the way Swedishness is defined today. He believes nationality here is still based too much on culture and ethnicity, when it should be more inclusive and based on citizenship.

Hear an interview with him here:

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